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An analysis of Legislative Report Card votes in constitutional policy
The Goldwater Institute's 2006 Legislative Report Card shows both chambers scored reasonably well in constitutional government, a B- for the Senate and a C+ for the House. Even so, there were far too many setbacks for liberty.
This fall, Arizonans will have more information than ever about judges. The Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) recently sent questions about judicial philosophy to 50 judges up for reelection. By answering those questions, judges will provide citizens with a clear picture of where they stand on pertinent issues of law and justice.
In the 2006 legislative session there was some good, some bad and some ugly. As the Goldwater Institute's just released Legislative Report Card reveals, in tax and budget policy the Senate scored a collective C and the House an F+.
The good: The legislature followed up last year's business property tax cut with a ten percent drop in personal income tax rates over two years and a three-year suspension of the 42 cent County Equalization property tax. These cuts return millions of dollars to Arizona households.
According to the National Journal, officials at the National Science Foundation and the Department of Education (DOE) are exploring Title IX's applications to specific areas of study, but only in disciplines that will benefit women.
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, we know Arizonans love their sunshine. This week, Americans nationwide celebrate a different kind of sunshine ’" the kind that opens government’s doors and shines the light of liberty on its affairs.
Ordinary citizens can have a difficult time making sense of the political process. The legislature particularly can seem arcane and dense with detail. Voters frequently become apathetic when faced with unraveling a mountain of confusing, competing claims.
Fifteen percent is the magic number, according to the Arizona Corporation Commission.
The ACC voted this week to require Arizona utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy from "renewable resources." Why 15 percent?
There's nothing magic about 15 percent. In fact, the number is arbitrary and expected to impose $50 million in surcharges on consumers every year.
Arizonans are naturally concerned about resource sustainability. But regulation is a poor approach to sustainability.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor unquestionably was the most powerful woman in America but she was not the centrist or liberal that many have portrayed her as being.
Though the swing justice in many controversial cases, O'Connor far more often voted with her conservative colleagues than not, particularly in cases pitting state autonomy against federal impositions.
In 1998, the City of Tempe and America West Airlines entered into an agreement to redevelop part of downtown Tempe. The city agreed to convey property to America West for free and then pay America West approximately $15 million over twenty years. In return, America West pledged to develop the property and convey ownership of the improvements back to the city. Tempe agreed to then lease the property back to America West.
Illinois has given us just one more example of how allowing government to reward large contracts to private companies opens the door to corruption and abuse. This week, the state's auditor general issued a report finding that the agency responsible for cutting government waste instead spent lavishly and awarded multimillion-dollar contracts to consultants who might have had an inside track.